Favorite Albums of 2016: #05 – ‘Freetown Sound’ by Blood Orange

“A THOUSAND HALOS…”

MERRY CHRISTMAS! Hope you all got ‘Freetown Sound’ under your trees because we have entered my top 5 albums of 2016!!!

I blame Daisy Ridley. She’s the one that got me addicted to Blood Orange’s ‘Freetown Sound’. Used to visit her Instagram & she gave Dev Hynes’ latest project a glowing review earlier in 2016. Spent the following days addicted to the breezy personally political LP featuring Blood Orange & his sirens – Nelly Furtado, Empress Of, Carly Rae Jepsen, Zuri Marley, etc. The album has no problem taking you away on a enlightening journey. For Dev’s poetic pop words have the power to sway hearts & minds.

These are important issues that concern on modern world today. Mostly on the issues of race & sexual identity. The jazzy pop does a masterful job at hiding these messages behind east coast disco vibes. You’ll be doing the hustle while taking telling yourself empowering words of self-love. For Dev’s vocal range is beautiful. ‘Freetown Sound’ breaks up these high moments with audio interludes & slam poetry describing real life sh*t. This imaginary town Freetown – named after Dev’s father’s hometown in Sierra Leone – isn’t suppose to be this happy. That’s what gives ‘Freetown Sound’ its complexity. 

Luckily you can enjoy the catchy singles without bother. You really have the choice to be ignorant or involved… kinda like real-life. But you’ll miss the bigger picture if you pigeon yourself to just “Best of You”. Dev had a lot to say. Best open your ears because this is rhetoric worth being apart of.

Noteworthy Tracks:

  • “Hadron Collider”
  • “Best of You”
  • “But You”
  • “Better Than Me”
  • “Augustine”
  • “With Him”
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